Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Terminals Reach Ukraine

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Mar 01, 2022

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SpaceX’s founder activated the broadband service over Ukraine over the weekend after a government official pleaded for coverage.

Ukraine’s vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov confirmed on Monday that internet terminals sent by SpaceX had arrived in the country. They are designed to work with SpaceX satellites in orbit to provide broadband internet access and were donated by the company.

The internet terminals, resembling satellite TV dishes, arrived in a military truck. They can be used to access the SpaceX Starlink internet service.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine which began on Thursday last week has disrupted internet connectivity in the eastern European country. Russian forces target telecoms infrastructure in Ukraine in a bid to restrict communication within the country. 

On Saturday, Fedorov, who doubles as minister of digital transformation, urged Elon Musk to provide his country with “Starlink stations”. Ten hours later, the billionaire entrepreneur responded, granting the request. He stated that he had activated the Starlink broadband service over Ukraine and promised to send over internet terminals.

In the four years since its first launch, SpaceX has delivered close to 2000 Starlink rockets into orbit. The company’s goal is to provide high-speed, low latency Internet service in most parts of the world, including hard-to-reach areas.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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